Maree is the founding CEO of the Open Data Institute Queensland (ODI Queensland). The ODI’s mission is to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. ODI Queensland, now in its third year, is already recognised not just within Queensland, but nationally and internationally, as a leader in bringing business, industry, academia and government together to utilise government data as a strategic resource.
Maree’s career began in the legal profession, as partner of a tier one national law firm. 10 years later, Maree co-founded a software start-up which achieved great success and which was the recipient of multiple awards for excellence in innovation.
Maree also holds a number of complimentary roles:
- the Queensland Small Business Champion with the Queensland Government;
- one of the six civil society representatives on the interim working group overseeing implementation of Australia’s first National Open Government Action Plan;
- various state and local government open data advisory groups.
Past industry representative roles include past Chair of the Technology Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and past Chair of the Queensland branch of the Australian Information Industry Association Queensland (AIIA).
In 2012 Maree received the prestigious Women in Technology ICT Outstanding Achievement Award which recognises the achievements of outstanding women within Queensland’s ICT industries and was delighted to be the 2015 Patron of TechGirls are Superheros.
In May 2018, Maree handed the torch over to the current CEO, Jamie Leach, in order to focus on a number of Queensland centric roles. Maree remains associated with the institute via her role on the Board.